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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

THE OBAMBI’S FIRST 100 DAYS

Septimus Severus Obama

More Caramel, more Sugar,

Sweeter smiles, Friendlier embraces

Gentler noises

The same big shtick



The same formula

Just take one tweak

away

Add a new one

And the New Coke Tastes nearly Like The Old

The Sheeples Like it

they’re drinking it up

Yes we will

be happy earning

Chinese slave laborers wages

as

Larry Summers nods out

At the first Cabinet meeting!

Yes we can!
Fill the gas bag with hope!




THE OBAMBI’S FIRST 100 DAYS

a.k.a. the Goldman-Sachs Presidency



9 BROKEN PROMISES


5 KEPT [sort of]

FAR MORE CONTINUITY THAN CHANGE

are those broken promises, too

or not???

GREY=AS YET UNDETERMINED



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1] No change on Nafta=broken promise



2] Limit defendants rights= broken promise

http://news.lp.findlaw.com/ap/a/w/1154/04-24-2009/20090424013507_20.html



3] claim sweeping executive secrecy powers.=broken promise



4] USE OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS or you could call it:



CONTINUITY = I.E. NO CHANGE. so the same guys that used to work for “agua negra” now XE work for DinCorps, big diff! but not for interrogations?? who needs them anyway if you’ve got the c.i.a. doing it???



5] Closes Gitmo but ctd. Bagram: no change even in hypocricy:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/opinion/13mon1.html?ref=opinion



6]Despite Obama's Disarmament Vow, Missile Shield Continues, defense, fewer of one plane, more of another; “defense” budget increases by 70 billion
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/04/06



7] Vermont Single-Payer Advocates Remind President Obama of What He Once Believed!

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/03/19-0

broken promise….



1] SIXTEEN MONTHS WITHDRAWAL DEFERS TO PENTAGON OR ALL THOSE GENERAL AND ADMIRALS IN THE ADMINISTRATION DEFER TO HIM = BUT LET’S GIVE THE GUY A BREAK: PUT IT DOWN TO PROMISE KEPT, sort of with 50 k troops and bases in perpetuity...after all, he expressed pleasure and surprise at the success of “the surge”…without seeming to understand the payoffs involved?? and he’s from Chicago?? all right we’ll give him a promise sort of kept the best that you’re gonna get anyhow…



8]TORTURE: PROMISE BROKEN = JUST SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWING FURTHER RENDITIONS… AH AND WHAT CESAR WILL RENDER UNTO ME TO BE RENDERED IS EX-VEEP CHENEY, HOW THE FAT WILL DRIP OFF THE SPIT BEFORE I TAKE OUT HIS COLD ELECTRIC HEART!



http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/01/31-3



5]FOREIGN POLICY = NO CHANGE [CLINTON] GENERAL CONTINUITY SO HE’LL TALK SOME MORE, BIG DEAL!

6] IRAN POLICY ONLY WORDS SO FAR…



7] PENTAGON = NO CHANGE [GATES] CONTINUITY



8] A'STAn NO CHANGE EXACTLY THE SAME, EVEN WORSE NOT A NEW IDEA TO BE FOUND, EXCEPT EXPANSION INTO PAKISTAN! divide and conquer the Taliban is US 19th century Indian policy on a global scale.



2] ENERGY POLICY - LOOKS LIKE CHANGE SO FAR

3] CIA = CHANGE, AT LEAST AT THE TOP, though Penetta at his confirmation hearing allowed that under certain circumstances he too might allow torture.


4] UN = CHANGE=ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE WALRUS AMOUNTS TO CHANGE THOUGH MS. RICE IS WHAT IS CALLED A HUMANITY HYENA WHO ARE FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE COYOTE PACK NEAR WHERE I LIVE IN SEATTLE…

12] NAT SEC ADVISER = CONTINUITY


13] ECONOMIC POLICY = CONTINUITY

SAME FOLKS WHO GOT U.S. INTO THE FIX WE’RE IN ARE SUPPOSED TO BAIL US OUT WILL BAIL OUT THEIR KIND AT GOLDMAN SACHS.



5] LABOR = SLIGHT CHANGE, BUT DID NOT MENTION THE LAW THAT HE BACKED IN HIS CAMPAIGN TO MAKE ORGANIZING UNIONS EASIER WHEN HE MET WITH LABOR LEADERS.I.E. VERY TEPIC CHANGE AT BEST COMPARED TO WHAT LABOR MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED SINCE THE REALY WENT TO BAT FOR THE GUY DURING THE CAMPAIGN… WHAT IF THEY HAD STAID NEUTRAL???


6] DEPT OF INTERIOR = VERY MODEST CHANGE


16] ENLISTING SUPPORT OF EVENGALICALS AND FAITHBASED INITIAVE = NO CHANGE FROM THAT KIND OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN RELIGION



17] FBI = NO CHANGE


7] ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY LOOKS LIKE REAL CHANGE



Change in Cuba policy made dependent on “Cuba’s release of political prisoners “[does that include u.s. hired assassins?] sweet noises so far?]



Tax cuts on those earning more than 250 K a year, promise was to revoke, let’s see if it really happens, though the budget is now premised on it.



6] EDUATION? FOR THE WORSE SEE:

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175022/andy_kroll_will_public_education_be_militarized_ BUT IT IS A CHANGE




http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/17-4



http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/11-11



http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4039/why_cynics_are_wrong/



http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jan2009/obam-j17.shtml




http://www.truthdig.com/report/page3/20081215_rep_dennis_kucinich_on_his_battle_with_the_banks/



Obama pledged to veto any bill rejecting the request, meaning he is beginning his presidency not by “turn[ing] the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street,” as he once pledged. Instead, he is promising a mushroom cloud unless lawmakers let taxpayer cash continue to flow to the biggest of Big Money interests



http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090115_fool_me_once/



http://www.slate.com/id/2208935/pagenum/2





9]NO CHANGE Signing statements SAID HE WOULD BUT THEN USED IT:


A FAIR # OF SPECIFICS TO COME:

ctd. belligerence toward Russia? during the campaign just like McCain. But it appears there might be real change in the offing, too early to tell whether it is merely cosmetic and for publicity’s sake…



regulate the money people, the bundlers who put him in office????


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20081205_keeping_track_of_change/

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2008/12/16-16

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/16-11

Hey, you Liberal Democrats. You may have won the election, but you're getting CREAMED in the transition.

Today, President-elect Barack Obama stuck it to you. He's chosen Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education.

Who? Duncan is most decidedly not an educator. He's a lawyer. But Duncan has this extraordinary qualification: He's Obama's pick-up basketball buddy from Hyde Park.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/12/16-10

US military prepares for Obama’s expansion of Afghan war

US General David McKiernan, told journalists: "I don't like to use the term ‘surge' here, because if we put these additional forces in, it's going to be for the next few years, this three - or four-year period. It's not a temporary increase of combat strength."

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/dec2008/afgh-d13.shtml








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